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West - Water - Emotion - Osiris - Renewal
Osiris, husband of Isis, had a tumultuous relationship with his brother, Set, who was envious of him. First, Set made him a sarcophagus as a birthday present, suggesting his brother try it out to see how well it fit him, and then locking him in it and hiding it. Isis managed to find it again, and release Osiris. So then, Set dismembered his brother, scattering the pieces across the world. Once again, Isis managed to find all the bits of her husband, except for his phallus. So, she made him a new one out of gold, and it worked so well that he sired Horus with it ;) So, not one but two "rebirths", with a little help from the determined and skilled Isis!
Why associate him with water, you may ask. Well, I guess it links to ideas about the cauldron of rebirth, and he did float along a river in his sarcophagus. There's also something about the deep emotions he evoked, both in Isis and Set. And renewal is something I associate with water, washing us clean for a fresh start.